Spots in Osaka Castle / Kyobashi / Eastern Osaka City Area

  • Dotonbori
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    4.5
    12461 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori
    Dotonbori’s famous Glico sign seems to be peering into the Dotonbori River; meanwhile, a giant crab sign moves in a perpetual dance. Crowded with restaurants and lined with giant signs, Dotonbori is a bustling entertainment district where visitors can truly experience Osaka—the city of kuidaore (extravagant eating). Have a bite at a shop selling kushiage (fried vegetable and meat skewers) or okonomiyaki (savory pancakes filled with meat and vegetables), Osaka specialties. Or spend a day visiting the various takoyaki (octopus dumplings) or butaman (steamed pork bun) restaurants. Day and night, this lively thoroughfare is frequented by great numbers of tourists.

    The poster child of Osaka. Business area for everything, and l mean everything. From takoyaki to electric massage chair to drones. Everything is in here, so is everyone. Get ready for the human bumps.

  • Osaka Castle
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    4.0
    7884 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou 1-1
    Osaka Castle was built by the Imperial Regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi between 1583 and 1598. The castle was built on a magnificent scale, but was destroyed just 17 years later after the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the destruction of the Toyotomi clan in the Siege of Osaka in 1615. Thereafter, the castle was rebuilt by the Tokugawa shogunate under the command of Todo Takatora but was once again lost due to a fire caused by a lightning strike. The current castle tower is the third generation to stand here and was completed in 1931 through donations from local citizens. The interior of the castle is a history museum and visitors can enjoy information about the history of Osaka Castle and dioramas. The castle was registered as a national Tangible Cultural Property in 1997.

    One of the reasons to visit Osaka. Great for history buffs like me. Just too crowded but still worth the travel and walk.

  • Kuromon Ichiba Market
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    4.0
    3215 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 2-4-1
    Kuromon Ichiba Market, located not far off from Namba, helps keep Osaka, “the Kitchen of the Nation” functioning. The market where professionals from a number of famous restaurants do their shopping, shops here stock the highest quality seafoods as well as the freshest vegetables. In recent years, the market has also come to be a popular tourist destination, and one can frequently catch sight of visitors sampling the various wares on offer. Come here when you’re looking for “honmamon” (the genuine article).

    The Kuromon market offers many a special treat that will be hard to find in any market in Germany, where I live. Hence it is quite the spectacular walk through that can very well be combined with a...

  • Osaka Museum of History
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    4.0
    596 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Otemae 4-1-32
    This museum northwest of Naniwanomiyaato Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City opened in 2001. A permanent exhibit entitled ''Toshi Osaka no Ayumi'' covering the history of Osaka from ancient times to today takes up the 7th to 10th floors. The top floor features a recreation of the council hall of the Nara-period Naniwa Palace complete with 70 cm-thick vermillion-lacquered pillars and life-sized figures of government officials. Each floor presents the history and culture of Osaka through recreations of buildings, miniature models, videos, and abundant artifacts. The remains of Naniwa Palace are preserved in the museum's basement. Tours are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

    This museum provide a lot information you need to know about Japan. The dioramas area excellent. Great view and permanent display.

  • Ichiran (Dotonbori Main Store)
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    4.0
    1819 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Souemonchou 7-18
    The Dotonbori Annex of the famous tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen restaurant Ichiran. The retro Showa fashioned store is adorned with tables where you can enjoy a conversation with friends or family over a bowl of ramen. Their tonkotsu broth is a closely guarded secret refined over many years. Come taste the unique flavor of their noodles paired with a secret blend of chili pepper in their tonkotsu ramen. Ichiran's famous solo counter spaces are also available for the single customer.

    I arrived shortly after 9 AM, for a quick ramen breakfast. There were no lines, and I walked straight in, purchased my meal tickets in the vending machine, and was told to sit anywhere. The menu...

  • Hozen-ji Temple
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    4.0
    414 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 1-2-16
    Hozen-ji Temple is a Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhist temple in Osaka City that is famous for the moss-covered statue of the deity Fudo that worshippers pour water over. The Temple is said to have originally been located in Kitayama Village, Uji District, before being moved to its present site in 1637. Within the Temple, there is a statue of Nishimuki Fudo-son (Aryacanalatha) and a hall dedicated to Konpira (Kumbhira, the guardian deity of seafarers); the Temple is often filled with the scent of the incense sticks offered by worshippers. It is believed that pouring water over the moss-covered statue of Nishimuki Fudo-son can bring a wide range of benefits for the worshippers, including success in business or in love, and as a result the Temple is visited by many local shopkeepers, and by many tourists.

    Very beautiful temple for photo shot. Please come here during night because the view is more beautiful. it is a small open air temple. The location also perfect, inside Dotomburi district.

  • Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store
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    4.0
    227 Reviews
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Shinsaibashisuji 1-7-1
    The Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store is a department store that has become an iconic symbol of the Shinsaibashi district of Osaka. It is a large department store complex that comprises a Main Building, South Building, and also a North Building that was formerly the Sogo Shinsaibashi department store. Besides Japanese and international luxury goods brands, the Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store also sells high-end fashion, jewelry, household goods, etc. The Main Building is a gorgeous edifice with internal and external decoration in the Art Deco and Gothic styles; the Main Building is currently closed for refurbishment, but is scheduled to reopen in the autumn of 2019. There is direct access to the Store by an underground passage from Shinsaibashi Station.

    10 floors of everything you can think of in a departmental store comprising of of goods of the highest quality matched by service of the highest provided with a smile. We all felt like a million...

  • Osaka Takashimaya
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    4.0
    233 Reviews
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 5-1-5
    The Osaka branch of one of Japan's longest-established department store chains, Takashimaya Osaka Store is a major landmark in Minami district in Osaka. Besides the leading Japanese and international fashion brands, Takashimaya Osaka Store also has an impressive total of around 80 boutiques selling cosmetics, sundries, etc. The “Namba Dining Maison” restaurant zone on the seventh to ninth floors is open until 11:00 at night, and is a popular place to get together for a meal or a drink. The rooftop illuminations are a must-see.

    I have done a review of this place before in my previous visit 2 years ago and in my recent back to Osaka, I have also come by this place too since I was in Namba doing shopping and surely cannot...

  • Namba City
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    4.0
    129 Reviews
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 5-1-60
    A shopping mall directly connected to Nankai Electric Railway Namba Station. Easily accessible, the mall is filled with fashionable apparel and lifestyle goods shops as well as restaurants. Construction on the facility was originally started by Nankai Electric Railway in line with renovations on Namba Station and was completed by the Saison Group. The main building was recently remodeled in March 2016. The Namba Galleria, a popular meetup spot, is also located on the grounds.

    Big shopping area connected to Namba Station. There’s a lot of choices for retail and also food and drinks. Has a good range from affordable fast food to fancier restaurants. It’s always very busy...

  • Osaka Castle Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou
    Osaka Castle Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture is a municipal park. Inside the large park, there are historic buildings and public facilities. Inside the Tenshukaku (castle tower) of Osaka Castle, which was restored in 1931, is open to the public for a fee as a historical museum and is also popular with overseas tourists. It is also a well-known place for seasonal flowers, such as cherry blossoms in Nishinomaru Garden (fees apply) and plums in the plum grove in Osaka Castle and has many visitors during the flowering seasons. At the Osaka-jo Hall and the Osaka Castle Band Shell, a range of music events, such as concerts, are held.
  • Tombori River Cruise
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    4.0
    180 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Souemonchou 7-13 Taehwaemon Bridge Pier
    Tonbori River Cruise is a sightseeing cruise boat which tours the Dotonbori River, one of the famous attractions in Osaka. It departs from Tazaemonbashi Wharf in front of the Don Quijote Dotonbori branch and goes under nine bridges while you see the sights of the Minami area of Osaka. During the tour, there are many good places for commemorative photos such as a gigantic octopus sign as well as a Glico man sign. The light-hearted talk by the guide is also one of the enjoyments. As the short trip requires only about 20 minutes, you can easily board when you have time to spare while sightseeing or on a date. The closest station is Namba Station.

    Without question the highlight of this 20 minute boat ride up and down a short stretch of the river in Osaka in the brightly lit Dotonburi area was our tour guide. She was great fun - singing and...

  • National Bunraku Theatre
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    4.5
    161 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 1-12-10
    The National Bunraku Theatre, which opened in 1984, is located in the Chuo Ward of Osaka City. The 753-seat Large Hall is mainly used for performances of Ningyo Joruri (Bunraku) puppet theatre, one of Japan’s traditional performing arts; it is also used as a venue for theatrical productions, dance performances, etc. The Small Hall is used for performances of Rakugo, Manzai, Rokyoku (Naniwa-bushi recitation), etc. The National Bunraku Theatre also holds special performances for schoolchildren etc. who may not be familiar with Bunraku, with explanations. The Exhibition Hall in the National Bunraku Theatre has permanent exhibitions of books etc. relating to the history of Bunraku, as well as holding special thematic exhibitions.

    I attended the National Bunraku theatre to see a Bunraku (puppetry performance). Three puppeteers work in unison to make the puppets come alive and a narrator accompanied by a samisen player...

  • Kani Douraku Main Store
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    4.0
    1038 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-6-18
    One of the symbols of Osaka and the Dotonbori, this crab restaurant is easily identified by its giant moving crab sign. Here diners can enjoy fresh crab year round, sourced from locations such as the San’in region and Hokkaido as appropriate to the season. The restaurant’s signature menu option is its “kani-suki course,” with which diners can enjoy crab with the restaurant’s secret dashi stock. The colorful “kani kaiseki” course meal is also popular for parties and banquets. A popular destination for tourists, the restaurant also sells its special crab vinegar and crab rice gruel in convenient packages to take home as souvenirs.

    First off. It is expensive with the cheapest set at ¥5,500 before tax but I guess you’re getting what you are paying for. The service is exceptional even if we are English speaking tourists. It is...

  • Hokoku-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    136 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou 2-1
    This Shinto shrine is located right next to Sakura-mon Gate on the grounds of Osaka Castle. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Hideyori and Hidenaga are all enshrined here. This shrine is well known for life advancement because of Toyotomi Hideyoshi rising from commoner to ruler. Worshippers pray at the shrine but they also hold wedding ceremonies. Visitors can also purchase omamori protection charms with the Toyotomi family crest or motifs of gourds, and ema wishing tags with a picture of Toyotomi Hideyoshi sittings barefoot.

    Hokoku Shrine was near to Osaka Castle and had statues in the honor of a Saurai warrior. A serene place for worship and worth for visit while travel in this area.

  • Namba Shrine
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    3.5
    88 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Bakuroumachi 4-1-3
    This shrine is on the Midosuji Road, five minutes' walk from Honmachi underground Station. It was built in the time of Emperor Hansei, and it is said that Emperor Nintoku was enshrined here as a deity when the Shibagaki no Miya palace was opened. Additionally, Uemura Bunrakuken's puppet theater was held on the grounds, which are said to be a place of origin for bunraku. There is also a monument to Inari Shrine Bunraku outside the Eastern gate. Every year, a Chinkon-sai (a festival of the dead) is held in February. They pray for the repose of the souls of the departed, using balls which have five-colored strings tied to them. One of the blessings that can be gained is that of good health, and if you apply in advance, you can receive a glass ball with five colored strings to tie to it.

    Located on Midosuji, Namba shrine is a shinto shrine in downtown Osaka. It is between buildings, and the shrine itself is a modern construction. There is nothing special to see. However, you can stop...

  • 6th generation Dotonbori Glico Sign
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori
    The Ezaki Glico signboard is easily visible from Ebisubashi Bridge on the Dotonbori River in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The sign is known nationwide as a symbol of Osaka and is a popular spot to take a photo. The first sign was established in 1935 and the current sign is the sixth one, renewed in October 2014. It lights up 30 minutes after sunset until mid-night altering the background and uses 140 thousand LED lights.
  • Osaka Shochiku-za Theatre
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-9-19
    This theater located in Dotonbori 1 Chome is modeled after Milan's Scala Theatre, and opened in 1923 as Japan's first steel and reinforced concrete cinema. Its neo-Renaissance-style arch in the main entrance is impressive. The first floor has a European-style entrance, the second floor lobby has shops and sofas, and there are 1,033 seats from the third to fifth floors. In addition, while the exterior was left the same, the facilities with updated and reopened in 1997. Centered on kabuki performances, dramas and Shochiku comedies, the theatre holds operas, musicals and concerts.

    We were excited to go to see a live Kabuki performance......but it was not what we expected.......we asked what was showing....my friend speaks Japanese......and paid for one act........NO photos are...

  • Americamura
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nishishinsaibashi
    This is the nick name for the area near Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward in Osaka. It is also said to be a center of youth culture, and also known as “Amemura”. This is an area for young people which has about 2,500 shops lined up which have developed into selling unique merchandise such as many second hand clothes shops, fashion shops and record stores. Sankaku Koen (Triangle Park) where young people get together has become a symbol of Americamura (America Village). In addition to being a place to meet up or have a rest, there are also events occasionally held here and it is always busy with young people who are aiming at being musicians or dancers. And one of the highlights is also the creative items of artwork.
  • Okonomiyaki CHIBO (Dotonbori Shop)
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    4.0
    582 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-5-5
    Okonomiyaki CHIBO is a restaurant specializing in Okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), located in Dotonbori in the Chuo Ward of Osaka City. The restaurant’s original pancake mix—which is made from around 20 different types of flour mixed with high-quality onsen water—ensures plump pancakes with a mellow flavor. Okonomiyaki CHIBO pays particular attention to its sauces, which play a key role in enhancing the flavor; the restaurant’s low-calorie original sauces are made using carefully-selected fruits and vegetables. The spacious dining area, with around 200 seats, is kept spotlessly clean, and the restaurant is a popular choice for dates and for women to get together with their female friends.

    Delicious and fun watching the cooks perform. Food was great and every well priced. Portions are huge and the staff very friendly. Recommending to share one portion of okonomiyaki for two.

  • Fukutaro
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    4.5
    281 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Sennichimae 2-3-17
    Fukutaro located in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture is an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) restaurant and is famous with long queues. The most popular dish is the negiyaki using plenty of green spring onion produced in Osaka. It is an exclusive dish in which the homemade soy based sauce goes well with the flavor of the batter, and the Sujinegiyaki with beef sinew is particularly popular. As seafood such as octopus, scallops and oysters is purchased directly from Osaka Chuo Market, it is freshness itself. There is a range of okonomiyaki with a springy texture and a la carte menu items. Inside the restaurant, it offers an atmosphere of an old-fashioned okonomiyaki restaurant in downtown Osaka. Booking is not available.

    Amazing fresh food served. Staff are friendly and very helpful. The menu’s at the time unfortunately were only available in Japanese but the staff were kind enough to take me through in English...

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While Osaka prefecture is the country's second smallest prefecture, its capital, Osaka City, is the country’s third-largest and arguably one of the most popular in the Kansai region thanks to its vibrant nightlife, the Osaka people’s openness, and its much-loved cuisine, which has earned it the nickname "the nation’s kitchen."

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